iPhone5 from Aio Wireless Blogging Adventure #1

22 Dec


Everyone knows that Bloggers absolutely love receiving packages and on last week when I arrived home there was a FedEx package waiting on my front porch. It always feels like Christmas when your opening a package (at least to me it does). I was pleasantly surprised to see that Aio Wireless sent me an iPhone5 to use and review. I am a die-hard Apple person and I presently own an IPhone4S, iPad2 and Mini iPad. I know your probably saying that its sort of extreme but as a blogger these are all necessary tools and essentials to our lives or at least my life. I’m also a Social Media Manager so for me I make my living solely on all Social Media outlets so to add an additional iPhone product to my collection was AWESOME!.

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I am presently an iPhone4S user and while some say there aren’t many different features between the 4S and 5, I totally disagree. The iPhone 4S is a glass design, smaller screen (3.5″), apple A5 processor and 30-pin connector versus the iPhone5 which has an aluminum and glass design, larger screen (4″), Faster processor (Apple A6), thinner and lighter, supports ultra-fast wireless (LTE) and uses the Lightning connector. Now what does all of this mean to a blogger like myself? A lot! The iPhone5 is so much faster its just that simply and it also takes the best pictures especially #selfies. I know right! We’ll it’s the truth. My world is wrapped up in having the ability to post quickly, snap the perfect picture to upload for my business and having ultra-fast wireless (LTE). My iPhone4S is from a different cellular company in fact a well-known carrier. I can not tell you how many issues I have been having lately. Let’s fast forward to my experience using the iPhone5 with Aio Wireless service and I’m simply in love. Since having my new iPhone5 I have experienced lightning speed service like no other. Plus Aio Wireless does not make you sign a contract. How cool is that? It’s a plus in my book. I’m a single mother and when I want to upgrade my phone without paying outrageous prices this is a major factor for me but its a business decision that I must make and most times I am forced to purchase a new phone. We’ll not anymore! Aio Wireless has the latest smart phones and tablets, no annual contracts, reliable nationwide coverage and simple plans and straightforward pricing. If you haven’t already please take out a few minutes and visit their site (www.aiowireless.com)  to learn more about this amazing company.



I received an iPhone5 to help inform my writing and to review. The review is based solely on my opinion of the iPhone5 and the cellular service.


Aio Wireless Giveaway!!

20 Dec

Aio Wireless Family Holiday Gift Guide

ZTE for one, ZTE for all!

It’s that time of year when we are all scrambling to choose the best gifts for loved ones.  The latest gadgets and tech are always hot items on the top of many wish-lists and Aio Wireless has a family of device options suitable for everyone. With sensible flat-rate monthly plans and no annual contract, Aio makes it’s easy to give a great gift that won’t break the bank this holiday season.  Whether you’re shopping for mom, dad, a tween or teen, the ZTE family of devices are among the many fantastic options available at Aio Wireless.


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Looking for more than a new phone to gift this year? The ZTE Velox tablet available for $179.99 at Aio Wireless is fully equipped with all the tools needed for work, play or a little bit of both. With a 7’ inch screen, multiple web browsers and the Google Play store, The ZTE Velox is the mobile viewer’s choice this season. Aio offers a tablet plan with 250MB of data for $15 a month with taxes and fees included. Plus, Forbes writer T.J. Mccue had many nice things to say about the ZTE Velox.

All of these options and more are available at an Aio Wireless retail location near you or online at www.aiowirelesscom. That’s right, even if there’s not an Aio store in your city, you can enjoy the simple, sensible, new way to wireless at the click of a mouse. Aio makes shopping for a wireless plan simple with three easy plans to choose from, priced.

But wait! I’m going to provide one lucky winner with their very own brand new ZTE Velox!

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Hot Christmas Gift Alert: Cell Phones and Safety Apps

20 Dec


It’s four days before Christmas and long gone are the days when kids would only ask for toys because we are now living in a technology age where having a cell phone or some technical device is the popular trend. Below you will find some very important safety tips that every parent should discuss with their kids and some amazing safety apps.

Parent and Teen Mobile Safety Tips

As a parent, you want to protect your child from any danger or pain throughout various stages of their life, especially when it comes to safety. Unfortunately, we as parents can’t protect our children from everything or be everywhere. However, thanks to technology, Aio has some useful tips about the best apps and devices to help you be there even when you can’t actually be there.

As kids get prepared to head back to school, it’s a great time for parents and teens to talk about mobile safety issues like cyber bullying and sexting. Parents can also learn how they can keep track of their children’s whereabouts and make sure their mobile device is programmed correctly in case of an emergency.


  • ZTE Prelude $49 – Looking for an affordable, pocket-sized smartphone with great form & fashion? The ZTE Prelude™ is designed just for you!
  • Samsung Galaxy Amp for $99 – Have a stay-connected anywhere kind of life? Whether you need the web, email, apps, music, videos or to update your social status, crank up your connected life with the Samsung Galaxy Amp
  • ZTE Overture $149 – Moving at lightning speed and need a phone to keep up with you? Whether browsing, messaging or snapping photos and videos, the ZTE Overture™ is your perfect mobile sidekick


Safety apps

  • MamaBear (iOS 4 & Android) – This FREE app is great for keeping your child safe on all mediums. While it too has location services, MamaBear also has a feature that watches over your child’s Facebook feed and alerts you of any signs of bullying or harsh language.
  • Sygic Family (Android) – Similar to the others, Sygic Family is a FREE app that keeps your family safe by allowing you to check where they are, however you can even check the battery levels of their smart phones. So when one of your kids is at a concert and not texting you back, you can see their phone died and text their friend instead of alerting the state police and U.S. SWAT teams.
  • MobileKids (iOS 4 & Android FREE for basic app) – For all you parents who want to make sure your parents get their much needed eight hours of sleep, this higher level monitoring tool alerts you when your kids use their mobile phones in the middle of the night. It also lets you know when they add a new contact or download a new app. If you believe it is better to be safe than sorry, this app agrees with you.
  • BullyBlock – (Apple iOS, Android – $0.99) – This app captures and block bullies that are causing you and your family harm. The Bully Block app allows users to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures (e.g. sexting), and utilize auto respond features. Bully Block blocks bullies that utilize private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying. Bully Block also has instant reporting features that allow the user to email or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments, and law enforcement. All audio, messages, and calls are stored on the phone SD card.

Stay Connected

  • Fring – Fring offers every parent’s dream when their youngest child leaves for camp and their oldest child leaves for college at the same time. This mobile app provides FREE four-way video calling so Mom and Dad can see Billy is his cabin and Jena in dorm, and everyone can be together.
  • Viber – Viber for Windows lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your PC
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Mobile Device Tips

  • Pre-program one-touch dial emergency phone numbers in your child’s device in case of emergency. These numbers should include parents, 911, grandparents, trusted friend or neighbor


  • Inform them not to respond or send personal information to numbers they don’t recognize


  • If your child’s cell phone has access to the internet, find out if your service provider offers some sort of parental control feature to which you can subscribe
  • Explain to them the dangers of texting and driving



18 Dec


On yesterday December 16 I had the pleasure of being invited out along with my two younger sons ages 10 & 7 to attend Twentieth Fox Home Entertainment Celebration of the December 17th Blu-ray/DVD release of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters with a charity event to support Project Linus at the Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta. The Charity event consisted of volunteers from UPS, Mommy & Lifestyle Bloggers and their kids. The night began with a red carpet event that included photos and interviews. Shortly thereafter we all proceeded to the Arctic Ballroom where we began the nights festivities by making handmade fleece blankets. The fleece blankets that we made were inspired by the Golden Fleece in the film. Fox has partnered with Project Linus to bring family and friends together to make over 200 handmade fleece blankets for Project Linus’ 15th Annual National Make A Blanket Day which will be held on February 15, 2014.  Up to 200 handmade fleece blankets will be created for children in need as part of Fox’s commitment to donate 1,000 handmade fleece blankets. In conjunction Atlanta-based UPS also served as a partner to last nights event.


UPS is proud to kick off its annual Peak Week, its busiest week of the year, by giving back to its hometown Atlanta. On Dec. 17, Peak Day for UPS and release date of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters on Blu-ray and DVD, UPS expects to deliver 29 million packages globally equaling more than 300 packages a second. UPS volunteered to ship the handmade fleece blankets to Project Linus through The UPS Store, which is ready to help customers throughout the holidays with hassle-free logistics and any shipping needs. UPS’s support of the Project Linus charity event aligns with its goals of delivering more than boxes during the holidays but rather delivering emotional connections and allowing customers to focus on the things that matter most.

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The magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson – son of the Greek God Poseidon continue in this heroic, action packed thrill ride! Out to prove he’s not just a “one-guest wonder”, Percy and hos demigod friends embark on an epic. cross-country journey into the treacherous Sea Monsters, where they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate evil. With time running out, Percy must find and bring home the fabled Golden Fleece, which has the power to save the world…and save us all!

I remember when Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters had its opening night at the movies. The week following the opening night my sons secretly made plans on how they would convince me to take them to see the movie on opening night but little did they know that I had already purchased our tickets in advance so that we would be amongst the first to see Percy Jackson’s newest adventure. I am a single mother of three sons ages 17, 10 & 7. I find that I am at the movies seeing more kid movies than adult ones. I will have to admit I think that I was probably more excited to see Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters more than my two younger sons. I was one of those students in school that could not wait until we cover Greek Methodology.

The Project Linus event in my opinion was the perfect event for the release of Percy Jackson’s: Sea of Monsters. The evening was spent with the kids enjoying the movie, great food and communication and an opportunity for my family to give back to others. I believe the highlight of the evening was when my two sons had the opportunity to meet Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund) from Hunger Games! If you could have seen the excitement in their eyes and the eagerness in their voice. The moment was priceless and as a mother that’s the best feeling in the world. I wasn’t sure if after a fantastic evening anything could top the eventful evening but when the boys asked to see what was in the swag bag they discovered that they had their very own Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters DVD.  Below you will find official pictures from the event.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and UPS celebrate the December 17th Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD(TM) release of Percy Jackson: Sea of  Monsters with an exclusive charity event to support Project Linus at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on Monday, December 16th. Inspired by the Golden Fleece in the film, event goers made  handmade fleece blankets for kids in need to kick off Project Linus’  annual National Make a Blanket Day on February 15th.

I was blessed to have the opportunity as a blogger to be apart of such a wonderful event and I look forward to helping make fleece blankets in the future with Project Linus. I would like to thank Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, UPS and Project Linus for allowing the bloggers to come together for a great cause.


Aio Wireless Store Grand Opening in Decatur

16 Dec




On yesterday London my blogging Elf and I was invited out to attend the Grand Opening of one of the Aio Wireless locations in Decatur where Talking with Tami was the host. I was excited to finally meet her and network with fellow bloggers. The event was a hit and Talking with Tami spoke to the group on the importance of Branding, Blogging 101 and the rules of blogging. I can definitely say that I learned a lot from Tami. Tami covered major key points in the world of blogging and I especially love the way that she emphasis that it’s a business that you must grow and you can not expect it to be an overnight success. Tami also taught us that as a blogger you should take events and promotions that you are passionate about.

We also had the opportunity to go to each station and learn about all of the phones and services that Aio Wireless has to offer including their tablet and accessories. In the event you were not aware there is no contract! That’s right there is no contract  which in itself makes this an awesome cellular service provider. Aio offers three plans that include unlimited talk, text and data which has great high-speed access which includes 4G LTE. Aio customers can choose from a selection of smartphones, tablets and feature phones from ZTE, Samsung, Nokia, Apple and others. For more information please visit www.aiowireless.com. www.facebook.com/aiowireless and www.twitter.com/aiowireless.


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Godiva Chocolatier @ Lenox Square Place

16 Dec


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On last Thursday I was invited to the Godiva Chocolatier Store at Lenox Place here in Atlanta by Oh! Nikka for a bloggers night out event. The evening began with us being greeted by one of the associates with cups of yummy Godiva Dark Hot Chocolate along with wonderful goodie bags filled with chocolate. We were then taken on a tour of the store where we learned about the history of Godiva, where the name originated from and the differences with the chocolates. The evening ended well with me of course purchasing my favorite Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Reindeer Chocolate Lollipops for my two younger sons along with a gift set box of three hot chocolate tins for the kids. The evening ended FABULOUS!!


Happy Innovative Friday 13th Beyonce!

13 Dec

Happy Innovative Friday! I could not resist touching on the hottest Friday this year. I am not a die-hard Beyoncé Fan, however I have over time enjoyed many of her songs but not to the point where I personally would pay hundreds of dollars like I have seen some fans do as they post their expensive concert tickets on Social Media. I woke up this morning around 4am and being the Social Media Maven that I am naturally I checked my Social Media Channels and saw all of the excitement over Beyoncé releasing her new album and on Friday the 13th! One can only imagine the excitement and the Beyoncé takeover on Social Media. I read both positive and negative comments. Here is my opinion: Beyoncé is an Innovator! Why would I say that you ask? Traditionally Friday the 13th is known as what a bad day or omen. Parents infest their kids heads over their young life that Friday the 13th is a bad day and bad things happen on Friday the 13th. We’ll look at Beyoncé she took a bad day and turned it into a GREAT DAY!

Beyoncé released a 14-track self-titled album on iTunes! Yes without any promotion and you know what each and every one of us that post a comment, picture, article or just speak of her innovative technique with releasing her latest album will serve as all the promotion that she will need. Just think about it Beyoncé not only released an album on Friday the 13th but also saved millions of dollars on marketing. I work in marketing and its freaking genius! To top all of that Beyoncé took to Instagram to tell her fans that her album best described “visual album”. What does that mean: It  means that  each song also comes with a music video and a download of BEYONCÉ will also score you three additional videos. CAN YOU SAY INNOVATIVE!!!!!

Why get upset? Beyoncé is a woman and human just like the rest of us and we all have just as many hours in the day as she does so why not become an INNOVATOR TOO! I’m a business woman and I take how I make my mark in life very seriously! I hit the pavement running everyday! HECK my father is an INNOVATOR and I learn a new lesson about entrepreneurship everyday.  I have taken so many risk until I can not keep count and you know what I have seen nothing but SUCCESS!!  I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, take a risk today and make your mark in history!


Power Rocks Magic Stick

11 Dec

My life is very hectic. I am a single mother of three kids, Social Media Manager and a Lifestyle Blogger. One can not imagine what a typical day looks like for me. People hear that you’re a Social Media Manager and they think it’s the easiest job in the world but no one understands how much work is involved, traveling to events and the millions of times that I post on Social Media outlets throughout both the day and night. Basically its a 24/7 career but I absolutely love it. One can only imagine how many times my iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone go dead. Trust me its too many times to count so when the opportunity arose for me to try out a new gadget, well lets just say I was excited to be afforded the opportunity.

Just incase you’re not familiar with the Magicstick here are some exciting pointers about this charger:

  1. The Magicstick  2800mAh is compact and lightweight which is great for a Social Media Maven like myself always on the go.
  2. The Magicstick 2800mAH size is perfect because it fits in any pocket, purse or backpack and you never have to worry of getting stuck with a phone or mobile device.
  3.  The Magicstick is easy to use and  carry. A single USB port and corresponding cable with micro to USB connections let  you charge a variety of devices seamlessly.
  4.  The Magicstick also features a  smooth, brushed aluminum finish available in a variety of colors. An included  drawstring carry case keeps it protected and always handy for use. Just grab,  go, and get charged up with the Magicstick.

The Magicstick can be found on www.powerocksmedia.com and retails for $49.99 and is available in the following colors: black, blue, red, silver, pink, green and charcoal. The battery capacity is 2800mAh and has a lithium battery. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to review the Magicstick  and I can not wait to see if the Magicstick can handle my demands. I haven’t received my charger yet and I will post weekly updates on my experience with the Magicstick.


The Duty of Design Start Some Good Campaign Community: Midtown Atlanta

10 Dec



The Duty of Design is an Atlanta based, minority and femaled-owned Award Winning design company that is distinctly unlike most other design companies. Using their unique needs assessment tool, Duty of Design offers discounted and free design services to charitable organizations, service groups, and non-profits. The only requirement to get started is a great idea and a passion for spreading awareness, initiating change, and transforming lives. Duty of Design has worked with organizations like The National Coalition for the Homeless, Lif FullE Women’s Empowerment, and more. This past November they celebrated the organization’s launch with a joyful affair at Atlantic Station attended by almost 200 people.

With their uniquely crafted Success Kits, the Duty of Design is seeking to create an environment of success where everyone, regardless of their financial limitations, social/socioeconomic obstacles or barriers can enter the work force on equal footing.

This is accomplished by providing those in need with a customized business suite including resumes, cover letters, business cards, envelopes, messenger bags, and much more. This is not a hand out; these are tangible tools of empowerment. To support Duty’s campaign or to find out more, make your way to www.startsomegood.com/dutysuccesskits and get involved today.

India Aleah Hayes
Founder | Creative Director
The Duty of Design

Touch Screen Compatible Gloves!!!

9 Dec





I was rushing off to Jury Duty today and I realized that I had left my cute little bow tie gloves at home so I decided to stop by my local Wal-Mart to grab a pair and to my surprise I found these unique Touch Screen Compatible Gloves. OMG! These are a Social Media Maven’s dream at least mine. I love to play dress up but I can not stand for my hands to get cold. I have found that in the winter seasons my hands get extremely cold and I love to wear gloves all day. In my field a normal day is having my laptop, iphone, ipad2 and mini ipad available because I’m posting something every minute of the day and I find that I always have to take  my right glove off but not anymore!!! I’m in Social Media Heaven! I’m so happy that Wal-Mart sells these and of course I brought a pair in every color. If you’re a social media junkie like me and you’re in Wal-Mart stop by their accessory section and grab you a pair or two!  Did I mention that they only cost $2.00!!! #TEAMWINNING

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